I'm new to the forum, but I've been lurking for a little while, trying to learn more.
I am moving into a house and want to put a media room for mostly movies and sports into a room in the basement.
The room is 88" tall, 11.5' wide, and 30.5' long. It doesn't have any windows. It's basically a long room with an entry about 16' back from the front wall.
I want a projector, a 110-120" screen, and 5.1. 3D is not a priority. Later, I would like to add a zone for music upstairs, but that will be in another budget. I don't have any components and don't mind buying used or refurbished equipment.
I appreciate any feedback and suggestions.
Welcome to HTS. You have set aside a very prudent amount of funds to facilitate building an excellent HT.
For a Front Projector I would recommend the BenQ W7000. It has won a number of awards and is available for around $1800.
Here is a review:http://www.hometheater.com/content/benq-w7000-3d-dlp-projector-0
And another http://www.projectorreviews.com/benq/w7000/index.php
For a Screen I would go with a Stewart GreyHawk RS G3
For speakers I would recommend going to listen to some to establish what appeals to you. Unfortunately Newegg has sold out of some Klipsch floorstanding speakers that were literally available for $1000 off down to around $550 a pair and they still have the matching Center Channel and Surrounds. I would check out Audiogon for used speakers and do Zip Code search to ideally find something relatively close. Infinity, Paradigm, Klipsch, PSB, and Definitive Technology are just a few brands to look at for high value to performance speakers.
The best current deal on a speaker I can currently think of is the SVS SBS-02. We long recommended it here when it retailed for $300 and it is currently available for $149 a pair which is awesome. Using a Screen, you could order 3 pairs and use one for the Center Channel and have perfect timbre matching.
Here is the link:https://www.svsound.com/sbs-02
For a subwoofer, I would go with dual HSU Research VTF-2 MKiV given the size of the space. They sell for $559 plus shipping and are simply a fantastic value. Here is a link:http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-2mk4.html
For quite some time it was available for $519, but it has gone back to $559.
For an AVR, I would go with an Onkyo TX-NR809 especially as having a quality Video Processor takes on even more importance when using a front projector/screen setup. The HQV Vida is perhaps the best on the market and the 809 offers Audyssey MultEQ XT and THX Certification and Post Processing. It is a steal at $599 as it retailed for $1100.
Here is a link:http://www.accessories4less.com/mak...NR809-7.2-Channel-Network-A/V-Receiver/1.html
That just leaves cabling. Go to Monoprice and save a fortune. The SVS's are quite good, but do check out what is available on the used market.